About Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, Harpist

Distinctive Music for Memorable Moments

Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, a full time professional, conservatory-trained harpist, is devoted to the magic of the harp, delighting her audience with a varied and distinctive repertoire, including music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods; traditional Hebrew and Christian melodies; and an expansive selection of contemporary favorites.

Melissa is an active soloist and chamber music musician in the Greater Washington DC area, performing frequently at locations including the US Supreme Court, US Department of State, the Kennedy Center, Myerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore Music Center, US Naval Academy, DAR Constitution Hall, the Georgetown Club, The Ritz Carlton and other area landmarks. Her recent orchestral appearances include Washington National Opera, National Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and Salisbury Symphony.

Melissa was the featured harpist for the 55th Presidential Inauguration and for the Historic US Visit of Pope Francis in 2015.

She has appeared with the Anne Murray and Connie Francis Touring Bands, with the Mambo Kings, and at the world premiere of the hit movie "Gods and Generals". She has performed for dignitaries including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Former United Nations President Kofi Annan,  Justices Clarence Thomas John Roberts, and , Senator Hillary Clinton, and for numerous state leaders and ambassadors including those from Great Britain, Spain, Austria, France, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and Jordan.

In addition to a busy performance schedule, Melissa is an active teacher and has held numerous faculty appointments.

Melissa has served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Harp Society (AHS), and as President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of AHS.

Melissa was voted "Best of Weddings 2007" and "Best of Weddings 2011"  by The Knot.

Melissa holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While a student, Melissa was the recipient of both the Merit Scholarship and the Peabody Career Development Grant. She has studied with world-renowned harpists Alice Chalifoux and Jeanne Chalifoux, and attended the prestigious Salzedo Summer Harp Colony for 7 summers.

Take a listen to sound clips at: www.capitolharpist.com/samples.php

I look forward to hearing from you soon!  Feel free to contact me today!  202-262-2613 melissa@capitolharpist.com

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Regions serviced: Washington DC

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Thank you so much Melissa for playing at Emily and my wedding. We absolutely loved the ambiance you created with your playing and everyone raved that the cello/harp dual sound was exquisite. We couldn't have asked for a more complimentary soundtrack to our wedding.

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Melissa was an amazing addition to our wedding ceremony and post-ceremony meal. She made the music selection process as simple as possible with a one-page form for us to note our selections, and even had clips and suggestions on her site to guide us through that! She showed up well in advance and worked with the coordinator on site to set up in a spot that worked for all. And she played beautifully! Many of our guests commented that Melissa and her harp took our event from a casual outdoor gathering to polished, but in no way uppity, ceremony.

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Melissa is a true talent! Her beautiful harp music will enhance your wedding or special event. If you are looking for someone experienced, talented and professional look no further!


2132 Hutchison Grove Ct., Falls Church, VA 22043   See On Map
202-262-2613 (phone)
Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, Harpist is a wedding harp musician from Northern Virginia. We service weddings throughout the local area, including Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern VA. Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, Harpist is a professional wedding harp musician that has been part of the Washington DC wedding industry for 20 years. We specialize in wedding ceremonies, receptions, showers, luncheons, embassy, anniversary, birthday party, tea, rehearsal dinner,.